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Cincinnati has an amazing arts community. For a city of our size, we can experience the opera, symphony, ballet, theater, museums, choral music, modern dance and a variety of other art forms. We are also very fortunate that African-American artists routinely display their talents right here in the Queen City.

Cincy Arts Guide provides detailed listings on performances, exhibitions, classes, fundraisers and other arts events from arts organizations across the region.

Here is a list of upcoming events that local African-Americans will not want to miss. Be sure to ask about any special deals, discount options, community performances or same-day options!

The Duncanson Murals
Taft Art Museum
The first African-American artist to achieve an international reputation, Robert Duncanson moved to Cincinnati after 1840 to embark on an artistic career. Nicholas Longworth (1782–1863), who owned Belmont, now the Taft Museum of Art, from 1829 to 1863, commissioned a suite of eight large landscape paintings from Duncanson to decorate to foyer of his home. The paintings are surrounded by trompe l’oeil (“fool the eye”) frames and accompanied by overdoor decorations of floral bouquets. Painted in the Hudson River School style characterized by Romantic views of virgin landscape, the imagined landscapes in the murals evoke the Ohio River Valley. 

Cincinnati YBP Dinner En NoirCYBP: Dinner en Noir
Switch Lighting and Design
December 9

This evening will be an immersive experience, encouraging guests to dance, taste, network, and reflect on how CYBP, as a collective young Black Cincinnati, has been able to move the needle together. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online. The theme of the evening is “All Black Everything” with cocktail attire being the suggested style of dress. This event will feature a full dinner, provided by Chef Bambina and KWality Eats, as well as dessert by Sweet Petit Desserts (included with ticket). Also, DJ HD will provide the sonic experience, and yes, there will be a dance floor! LitBooth will also be in the building, creating unique visual vibes. Also, there will be a full cash bar available.

Cincinnati Black Santa ClausPictures with Black Santa
Cincinnati Art Museum
December 17

Cincinnati Black Santa Claus is coming to town! Black Santa will make a stop at the Cincinnati Art Museum from 1–4 p.m. He will be greeting children of all ages, reviewing their Christmas lists and taking pictures by the tree. Visits with Santa are free and open to the public. Parents are welcome to take pictures.  Parents will also have the option to view and download hi-resolution images on The Voice of Black Cincinnati Facebook page

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Cincinnati concertBone Thugs-N-Harmony
December 22

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Cincinnati concert will go down as one of your faves. This legendary rap group will perform hits like “1st of tha Month” and “Crossroads”. These Cleveland natives will take you back in time. Tickets are $28 and can be purchased online, or at the venue. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. This facility only has standing room so wear your comfortable shoes!

Laugh to the Bone Comedy Show
The Aronoff
January 5

Bringing laughter and smiles to the city after the New Year is the Laugh to the Bone Cincinnati Comedy Show with Michael Blackson, D.C. Young Fly, AJ Johnson and Big Stan. The comedy show will be hosted by Cincinnati’s own Big Booman. Tickets are $45 – $125 and can be purchased online, by calling 513-621-2787 or at the following locations: Aronoff Box Office, Black Owned Outerwear, Hard Ta Knock Shoppe, Exclusive Wear and Vengence.

Miguel Cincinnati ConcertMiguel
Taft Theatre
March 8

Miguel’s fourth studio full-length, War & Leisure, is his most ambitious and stunning project yet. It’s a perfect blend of forward-thinking production and melodic delights making it live performance worthy. Ticket prices range from $32.50 – $52.50 and can be purchased online, by calling 800-745-3000 or visiting the Taft Theatre Box Office. Doors open at 7 p.m. The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Festival of Laughs CincinnatiFestival of Laughs
The Aronoff
March 9

The Festival of Laughs Cincinnati show has returned with heavy hitters that are going to make you double over in your seats. The comedic styles of Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Earthquake and George Wallace are guaranteed to make you cry with laughter. Add the date to your calendar now. Tickets prices range from $55.50 – $78.50 and can be purchased online, by calling 513-621-2787, or visiting the Aronoff Box Office. Right now, purchase your tickets early by using code FOL2018. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Cincinnati 90's Block PartyCincinnati 90’s Block Party
U.S. Bank Arena
March 24

Get ready the Cincinnati 90’s Block Party you’ve been wanting! Pull our your big hoop earrings, chains and rings because Monica, Jagged Edge, Ginuwine, Dru Hill and Guy featuring Teddy Riley will be singing your favorite old school R&B jams taking you down memory lane. Tickets prices range from $39.50 – $89.50 and can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or visiting the U.S. Bank Arena Box Office. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Hip-Hop Orchestra CincinnatiHip-Hop Orchestra
Memorial Hall OTR
May 24

When was the last time you witnessed, strings, horns and piano at a Hip-Hop show? Envision if you will, the perfect blend of; Mozart, Motown and Mos Def . Well that is but a fraction of what you will see when you catch Thee Phantom & The Illharmonic Orchestra in action. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online

The Voice of Black Cincinnati is a media company designed to educate, recognize and create opportunities for African Americans in the region. Visit our homepage, explore other articles, subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for local news, events, job postings, scholarships and a database of local Black-owned businesses.

Marissa Staples, Writer

The Voice of Black Cincinnati

Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.


  1. These events are great, but one other important one to add to the list is the Small Business Networking Event on Wednesday April 12th 6pm – 9pm at Full Throttle Indoor Karting. This is a great opportunity for Business owners to Promote their business, Network, Build Relationships, and participate in the Business Go-Karting Challenge. Don’t Miss Out, Get Your Tickets:

  2. Another event to mention is the “HBCU Alumni Day Party Series” which kicks off April 22nd at DJs Sports Tavern from 4-9p. This series is 6 events during a period of 6 months from April to September. The objectives are 1) strengthen the network of HBCU supporters/Alumni in the Cincinnati area. 2) Build positive awareness as it relates to HBCUs. 3) To use some of the proceeds to give back by donating to the schalorship fund of a randomly selected local HBCU Alumni Association.

  3. How nice it is to have information on such a wide diversity of events for the African-American please keep publishing this.

  4. Highlighting the positive flow of black energy through our communities unleashes the music found in the soul!!
    I salute the Voice!!!

  5. I deeply appreciate this media for many reasons, the most important being that it makes a serious attempt to have communication that is relevant to me. The community of Cincinnati is not eclectic in its inclusion of the African American voice; even though we make up approximately 42 precent of the population we have very little choice as ir relates choices of media that connects to our concerns. I thank this publications creators for the refreshing change. Thank you.

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